Man accused of beating two Janesville children bloody appears in court

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Frank Schultz
Friday, July 11, 2014

JANESVILLE—A man accused of horrific assaults on two Janesville children waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Rock County Court on Friday.

Brandon L. Quinn, 23, is expected to enter a plea in the case at 3 p.m. Tuesday when he appears in court via video from the jail.

Quinn, of 1306 North Washington St. No. 1, Janesville, is charged with two counts of physical abuse of a child.

Quinn is accused of assaulting two children he knew, including striking a 9-year-old girl with a hammer, causing her to bleed, and striking the genitals of a 7-year-old boy with a spatula, causing him to bleed.

Both the boy and girl lost consciousness during the assaults that occurred while the children's mother—Quinn's girlfriend—was at work July 1, according to the criminal complaint.

Quinn told police he was intoxicated at the time, according to the complaint.

A babysitter who also lived at the Washington Street residence told police she saw Quinn making the children hold their hands on a cutting board while he hit them with a spatula, according to the complaint.

The children later told their mother about the assaults, but the mother was afraid to call police, according to the complaint. The babysitter made a similar statement.

The girl later told police Quinn would beat her and her brother “all the time,” according to the complaint.

Police went to the residence July 2, responding to what was described as an “out-of-town tip.”

The children were placed with Rock County Child Protective Services.

Quinn remained in the Rock County Jail on Friday on a $20,000 cash bond.

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